Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gucci Cherry nectar Sheer Blushing Powder
Gucci Cherry nectar Sheer Blushing Powder

Gucci Cherry Nectar Sheer Blushing Powder ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, muted coppery red with a very delicate dusting of gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, cream. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is very similar–a touch less red. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more muted, browner. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to “softly illuminate” with a “veil of color.” The bullet point list calls out its “sheer texture” that “blends effortlessly” and has “buildable color.” The blush has an incredibly soft, silky, and smooth texture that feels like a luxurious powder product. It’s not at all sheer–it’s quite pigmented and would highly recommend a light hand and a feathery tool for application, even on medium and darker skin tones. A little goes a very long way, and in that aspect, it’s difficult to get just a “veil of color.” To get sheer color, I get the smallest amount on my brush, tap of excess, tap it once on the back of my hand, and then apply–otherwise it’s a pretty significant amount of color on my medium complexion! It may be a happy accident for some, but for those who prefer sheerer or more buildable formulas, this shade isn’t that (and neither was the other shade I bought, but maybe others in the range are sheerer/more buildable). It’s just not really in line with how they’ve described (and named!) the formula.

Applied, the finish was satiny but not shimmery or luminous, just not ultra-flat like a true matte finish would look. This shade didn’t blend as readily as you’d expect, given the texture, and for as rich and pigmented as it is, it would have been fantastic to have that superior blendability there. On me, Cherry Nectar wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. I didn’t notice any scent or fragrance to the powder.

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Too Faced Everything Nice Palette
Too Faced Everything Nice Palette

Too Faced Everything Nice Palette ($56.00 for 1.76 oz.) contains twenty eyeshadows and four bronzer/blushes. It comes with a glittery, pink pouch, three short-handled brushes, and a deluxe-sized Better Than Sex Mascara. It’s new and limited edition for the holidays. It’s slim with a variety of neutrals and jewel-tones, matte and frosts, which makes it a more versatile, travel-friendly palette (though Too Faced could use more satin/pearl finishes in the range).

Overall, it’s a decent palette, and there’s a lot of value packed into it–the eyeshadows are 0.06 oz. each, which is larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (e.g. MAC/Urban Decay are 0.05 oz. in full-size). The quality was present with the majority of the shades, though there were a few misses and so-so shades. Most of the shades wore well for eight hours, with a couple wearing less or more than that (noted below if it was shorter or longer).

I would have loved to have seen a cooler-toned shade for cheeks, because I think the four included run warmer. The brushes aren’t really useful, but they might work in a pinch, as the shapes seem really specific and less universal. Avid Too Faced fans will likely see the repetitive nature of the brand coming through in this palette, which is often the case with any brand that releases mega-sized palettes regularly. One thing I was happy to see is that Too Faced re-used some of the colors from previously-released palettes that weren’t just renamed, though there were still some shades that seemed to be repeats with new names.

Turtle Dove is a brightened, neutral ivory white with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff that went on smoothly without being powdery. This is a shade that Too Faced has done in a lot of palettes with different names (not all of them are exactly the same, but there are many that are very similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dream On is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation but had a moderately powdery textures, so you’ll want to be careful when applying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After Hours is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had a very soft texture, but it sometimes looked clumpy applied, so it needs to be pressed against the skin to smooth it out, but it does have good color payoff. I had some fall out during wear with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fawned of You is a medium, caramel brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and it is definitely a shade that would benefit from a good primer underneath, so it would adhere better to the skin. The texture was soft, silky, and just a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Knockout is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. This shade looks a lot less warm-toned applied than it looks in the pan. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but not powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Paper Roses #2 is a light, warm-toned pink-peach with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a slightly powdery texture, but it was blendable and easy to apply. And just to be clear, there was a shade called Paper Roses in another palette, but the two are nothing alike (it actually made me wonder if this shade and Kindness is Free were mislabeled). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kindness is Free is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it had a slightly dry, thinner texture. I found the intensity applied was always less than in the pan–it just didn’t want to go on boldly. I would recommend using only with a primer. It had a tendency to fade a bit faster, by seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mauvelous #2 is a silver-shot mauve with flecks of copper sparkle. This shade felt like they used sparkle, rather than larger glittery particles, and it was a lot less noticeable than the last one I remember, but it was also noticeably lighter. It had decent color payoff, but there was still fall out as none of the sparkle really binds with the actual color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Be You is a subtly warm-toned, muted, dusty purple with a matte finish. The texture was soft but powdery, and I noticed that this one didn’t layer or build-up well. It was harder to blend than I thought it would be, as it had a tendency to stick where it initially applied without budging much further. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Secret Lovers is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it was fairly smooth and easily blended on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heaven is a yellowed white with a matte finish. It is noticeably powdery, though the texture is very soft and finely-milled. It had good pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shiny Happy is a neutral-to-cool-tone, dirty gold with a metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Honey Pot is a light-medium, orange-gold with a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was a dream to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Settle is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow-olive undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was a little dry, it still applied fairly well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Girly is a warm, reddish-brown with a green-to-teal duochrome. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Totally Fetch is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great, opaque pigmentation that went on smoothly. It seemed to have a higher sheen than the one in the Pretty Rebel palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Live It Up is a medium-dark, lightly cool-toned purple with silver/purple sparkle. The sparkle just goes everywhere but where you’d like it, as it doesn’t bind with the actual color. What little bit may transfer onto lids during application drops below the lid within the next couple of hours. It had semi-sheer color coverage, though the texture wasn’t stiff, it was just thin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Glam is a brightened, green-leaning teal with a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Head Over Heels is a glittery, blackened navy blue with purple and lighter blue flecks of glitter. It had sheer color payoff, and the texture had an almost wet-like feel to it. The glitter seemed to be more prominent when applied to the lid, but this was a one-way trip to Fall Out City. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Moon is a dark, blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and gold sparkle over a matte finish. Again, the sparkle doesn’t bind with the color, so most of it is lost between the brush/underneath the eye. It had decent pigmentation, though the texture was a little dry and less blendable than desired. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Pink is a medium, lightly warmed-up pink with a fine, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and it was blendable and didn’t emphasize pores when applied. It wore well for eight hours before fading along the edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Papa Don’t Peach is a muted, medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great pigmentation, while the texture was slightly powdery, it was easily blended on the skin without emphaizing the skin’s texture. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Inner Light is an iridescent pink-peach with a strong, golden frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though the finish tended to emphasize pores slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette
Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette ($34.00 for 0.55 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, two bronzers, and a lip gloss. You may recognize the eyeshadows from Too Faced’s The Chocolate Bar. Both bronzers have routinely been featured in other palettes and are available individually as well. The lipgloss is a new formula called “La Creme Lip Gloss” that will officially debut next spring. The palette has a strong, chocolaty scent, so if you don’t dig sweet chocolate smells, you may want to look at other Too Faced offerings this holiday.

I think they could have chosen a more versatile set of shades, as I found the three odd to combine; the matte didn’t play as well with the shimmery shades, and when I tried to layer, it tended to look a little powdery/chalky. I think perhaps a more satiny finish for the lightest shade would have helped for combining the three, and if the darkest shade was darker, you could get more versatility out of these three. I just don’t love the way this is done, though the quality is good with the exception of the lip gloss, which was a total miss for me.

White Chocolate is a pale, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft, silky consistency that had good color payoff without being powdery. However, when it layers or blends with the more shimmery shades like Creme Brulee and Haute Chocolate, it seems to make them appear a little chalky at times. I think the thinner texture (in comparison to the other two shades) also makes it less easily blended with them. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Creme Brulee is a brightened, medium-dark gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It is a little drier and thinner compared to the version in the Chocolate Bar, though the pigmentation was still good. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Haute Chocolate is a meidum-dark, bronzy brown with a frosted sheen and warm, reddish undertones. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, though it wasn’t as buttery or as dense as the version in the Chocolate Bar. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer) is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Snow Bunny (Bronzer) is a warm, light-medium gold with orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had a slightly thinner texture, but it was still smooth and blendable on the skin. The more frosted sheen did emphasize pores somewhat, so that may be a deal-breaker. I like it better dusted lightly over Chocolate Soleil as a highlighter, as that lighter application helps to minimize how much gets emphasized on the skin. It wears seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Naked Dolly (La Creme Lip Gloss) is a pink-peach with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lip lines and applied unevenly. The texture was somewhat thick, and it was tacky on the lips. The gloss lasted two hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a trio of Hourglass’ blushes, including one shade (Incandescent Electra) that’s exclusive to the palette. Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure were very similar to the individual, permanent versions I have, though they varied slightly as is the nature of the product (swirled, so yours may be lighter or darker, depending on how much the blush and illuminator portions are). The Mood Exposure in the trio has more of the illuminator showing, but the general composition, look, feel, and so forth, are in the line with the standalone shades. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes have a very soft, finely-milled feel that’s silky and a little powdery in the pan, but they don’t look powdery applied. They have good color payoff that’s buildable as well as blendable, so you can always take it down a notch if you prefer or go for full-coverage.

Full-sized blushes are $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz., and each blush is 0.11 oz. in the palette for a total of 0.33 oz., so the palette contains $77 worth of blush. The Ambient Lighting Powders are $45 for 0.35 oz. or $128.57/oz. The Ambient Lighting Palette is $58 for 0.35 oz., so only a $45 worth of the Ambient Lighting powders, so the blush palette is actually a value-packed palette in comparison. If you rarely finish blushes, you may also consider that $58 for three blushes compared to $105 for three full-sized blushes (and similarly with the powder palette, $58 for three compared to $135 for three full-sized powders).

Everything about this palette is nice with regards to quality, wear, and color payoff, but I really wish the blushes had more variety in their undertones/colors–I think if you are very fair, you will notice the most difference between the three. On my medium skin tone, they look very similar with Incandescent Electra being the lightest and pinkest, followed by Luminous Flush, which is slightly warmer, and finally by Mood Exposure, which has a warmer, redder tone applied. I would have loved to see a cool-toned pink and more mauve-berry shade, because they could really be mixed and layered for even more variet (and that makes more sense to me for a trio format). This is how I felt about the permanent range when it initially launched as well. I hope Hourglass will consider adding more differentiated shades in the future.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a pop of light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a bit powdery in the pan but looked soft, luminous on without emphasizing pores or skin imperfections. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is similar. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is darker, pinker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is slightly pinker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Incandescent Electra is described as a “cool peach.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and smooth, though it was slightly powdery in the pan. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and it looked luminous without being too shimmery on the skin, so it didn’t emphasize skin imperfections or pores. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is a touch darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is darker, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, satiny shimmer-sheen. The one in the pan seemed to have slightly less shimmer this time around, but it was within what I’d consider a normal variation for this type of product. It didn’t seem to impact the overall look of it once applied, which was softly luminous but not shimmery, so it didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours on me. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is very similar. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte
YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a softened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is brighter. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is similar. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower, lighter. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the last shade I bought from the Blush Volupte range. I thought it was interesting that between the three I have, they each had a different finish, with Rebelle (7) having the least shimmery, more matte of the finishes. It had fairly good color coverage, though I wouldn’t describe it as “intense color payoff.” The texture has a soft, finely-milled, silky feel to it but is also slightly powdery. Luckily, it does not appear powdery, dry, or cakey on my skin when applied as a blush and blended/worked into the skin. There’s just enough satin in the finish to avoid it looking flat or dull on the skin, and the coverage is buildable to truer-to-pan color if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before it started to show signs of wearing away.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a violet sheen. Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more muted, purpler. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is similar. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s incredibly rich in color payoff–there’s no shortage of pigmentation in this shade–but the lightly creamy, dense, and buttery consistency of the gel-powder formula makes it a lot easier to use. It really does feel like it has some of the blendability found in creams but with the more forgiving evenness of powders. The finish has a noticeable sheen that doesn’t look frosted on the skin and gives off a gleaming glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. I had light staining on my arm from swatching this that was gone after a few hours, but I didn’t notice any staining on cheeks after wearing it.

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